This Week in Comp, June 30 – July 3

 

By David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

By David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.

Safety

4 tips for keeping employees well-grounded
Texas Mutual’s Angela Gardner offers tips for preventing slips, trips and falls, a common workplace accident across industries…MORE

Fatal falls among older adults rising at an alarming rate
Fatal falls among adults 65 and older have risen 112 percent* since 1999. The National Safety Council offers these safety tips…MORE

Public ready for stiffer penalties for texting while driving
New findings from a National Safety Council public opinion poll indicate 73% of respondents think there should be more enforcement of texting laws. Currently, no state has passed a law banning all cell phone use while driving…MORE

NIOSH encourages employers to #BuyQuiet to protect employees’ hearing
Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the U.S. #BuyQuiet focuses on controlling noise at its source.

Opioid epidemic

Court tosses liability claims against painkiller drug makers
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the dismissal of nearly all claims in 68 cases seeking to hold drug makers liable for injuries from the use of the prescription painkillers Darvon and Darvocet, which were pulled from the U.S. market in 2010…MORE

Opioid prescribing: Where you live makes a difference
Health care providers wrote 259 mill prescriptions for painkillers in 2012—that’s 1 for every US adult. Ten of the highest-prescribing states for painkillers are in the South…MORE

Opioid use prior to spine surgery linked to diminished patient-reported outcomes
A new study appearing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery links the use of opioid pain relievers to less improvement and higher levels of dissatisfaction following spine surgery…MORE

Return-to-work

Should you support a transitional work program?
A transitional work program allows injured workers to reintegrate themselves into the workplace. It can also help reduce the employer’s workers’ compensation costs…MORE

About the author
David Wylie is the senior technical writer at Texas Mutual Insurance Company. He works closely with Texas Mutual’s safety professionals to teach employers and their employees how to prevent workplace accidents and their associated costs. David holds the OSHA 10-hour general safety certification and a degree in journalism from Southwest Texas State University.

Links to and from this blog do not reflect any affiliation between Texas Mutual Insurance Company and third parties, and are not an endorsement by Texas Mutual Insurance Company of the linked sites (or their owners or operators) or of any content located there. Texas Mutual Insurance Company does not vouch for the availability or accuracy of any information contained on linked sites.

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